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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, along with Congresswoman, Kathy Castor, joined Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in promoting and assisting enrollment in affordable health care coverage. The three met Monday morning at the Loretta Ingraham Center to address enrollment options and procedures for uninsured residents in the surrounding area.

With 96,000 uninsured residents in Tampa and 200,000 uninsured residents in Hillsborough County, efforts are being made to accommodate those in need with available access through community centers.

Mayor Buckhorn, "I believe that having access to quality and affordable healthcare is a fundamental right and that too many of our friends and neighbors do not have that access today. The Affordable Care Act provides them with their best and first opportunity to get healthcare coverage. The community is already familiar with our recreation centers and this will allow them to enroll at a familiar place close to home."

Beginning the week of Monday, January 20, 2014, Navigators will be available from 4pm to 7pm on select dates through the enrollment window until the deadline, March 31, 2014.

The nine busiest centers of Tampa were selected;

Springhill Center, 1000 E Eskimo - Mondays

Loretta Ingraham Center, 1615 N Hubert Ave - Tuesdays

Cyrus Greens Center, 2101 E Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd - Tuesday

Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave - Tuesdays

Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave - Wednesdays

Gwen Miller Center, 6410 N 32nd St - Wednesdays

Forest Hills Center, 724 W 109th Ave -Thursdays

Port Tampa Center, 4702 W McCoy St - Thursdays

Copeland Park Center, 11001 N 15th St - Fridays

For more information or assistance in Tampa, call 813-422-4917.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit healthcare.gov.

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